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Table of Contents
                            Title Page
About the Author
Wise and Otherwise
	1. Honesty Comes from the Heart
	2. On Human Foibles
	3. In Sahyadri Hills, A Lesson in Humility
	4. Death without Grief
	5. When the Mop Count Did Not Tally
	6. An Old Man’s Ageless Wisdom
	7. In India, the Worst of Both Worlds
	8. Living through Change
	9. When Telegrams Were Bad
	10. A Man Too Clever by Half
	11. A Bond Betrayed on Rakhi Day
	12. A Lesson in Life from a Beggar
	13. Forgetting Our Own History
	14. Cause, Then Cure
	15. Stove Bursts or Dowry Deaths?
	16. Idealists at Twenty, Realists at Forty
	17. What is A Red-Letter Day? A Holiday
	18. Once Upon A Time, Life was Simple
	19. Powerful Politicians and Unsung Donors
	20. Wretched of the Earth
	21. Salaam Namaste
	22. A Wedding to Remember
	23. Insensitivity Index
	24. To Sir with Love
	25. Pay or I’ll Commit Suicide
	26. Not All’s Wrong with the Next Generation
	27. Think Positive, Be Happy
	28. Light as Many Candles as Possible
	29. Woman with a Mind
	30. The IT Divide
	31. Where There’s A Will …
	32. Crisis of Confidence
	33. The Price of Jealousy
	34. The Truth About Women
	35. A Life with Dignity
	36. On Column Writing
	37. The Nobel Prize
	38. Unwed Mothers
	39. Alliances Invited
	40. Willing Candidate
	41. Sorry, the Line is Busy
	42. Be Fair to Others
	43. Bonded by Bisleri
	44. Bahut Kuch Hota Hai
	45. Oh Teacher, I Salute Thee
	46. Treat Me As Human
	47. An Unknown Benefactor from Chennai
	48. Life is an Examination
	49. My Money, Your Money
	50. Is Life Fair?
	51. Three Bright Young Men
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students. Standing in the middle of the crowd, without knowing anybody, I
didn’t know what to do.
Just then, an elderly man approached me and asked politely, ‘Would you like

to meet the couple and greet them?’
I followed him to the dais, introduced myself and wished the couple a happy

married life. They seemed very happy. The groom asked the elderly man to look
after me. Still the question nagged me: who were these people and why had they
sent a note to me?
The man took me to the dining hall and brought me something to eat. Enough

is enough, I thought to myself. I can’t eat without knowing who these people are.
Sensing my doubts, the elderly gentleman smiled and said, ‘Madam, I am the

groom’s father. My son fell in love with Malati, the bride, and we arranged the
wedding. After the engagement, Malati developed leucoderma. My son backed
out of the marriage. We all felt very sad. I asked him what he would have done if
Malati had got leucoderma after marriage, but he would not listen. Her family
was worried about her future. There was so much unpleasantness. To escape
from the tension at home, my son began to go to the library often. After about a
month, he came back and told me that he was ready to marry Malati. We were
all pleasantly surprised and were truly happy. Today is the marriage.’
I still did not have an answer to my question. How on earth was I involved in

this? The groom’s father provided the answer.
‘Madam, later we came to know that he read your novel, ,’ he

said. ‘The situation of my son was similar. It seems he read this novel at least ten
times and understood the plight of the girl. He took a month and decided he did
not want to be like the man in your novel, who shed his responsibilities only to
regret it later. Your novel changed his thinking.’
Now I could put the pieces together! Then the groom’s father brought a packet

and insisted that I accept the gift. When I hesitated, he pressed it into my hands
and said, ‘Malati has purchased this sari for you. She will talk to you later.’
The rain grew heavier and water splashed into the hall. Raindrops were falling

on my face; my silk sari was getting wet. But nothing mattered. I felt so happy.
Never in my wildest dreams had I thought that an ordinary person like myself
would change somebody’s life. Whenever I wear that sari, I think of the happy

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face of Malati and the cover page of . It’s the most precious sari I

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